11.12.2011

What Have I Gotten Myself Into...

It all began three or so years ago when I made a promise to Adam Micheal that before we got married and after each kid I'd run a marathon....I had forgotten about this said promise until two hours after the proposal when Adam quickly reminded me what I had ahead of me. He wanted something that he could cheer me on and be the spectator rather than the participant. I agreed I would uphold my promise and marathon training began. My parents had run multiple marathons, how hard could 26.2 miles really be?! 


Well the first round of training began back in January and I was magically going to transform from the girl that absolutely hated running to a marathon runner in less than 8 weeks...well life got busy and my training days decreased. I thought it would be a great idea to just increase my mileage when I did get a run in. After three weeks of "training" I had increased to running 40 miles in a week, all on the treadmill. I came down to visit Adam for Valentine's Day and decided to take an easy five mile run in Piedmont Park and enjoy the outdoors. This quickly was a FAILURE. My legs were no where ready for hills, especially after the poor training I had been doing. Within a week my IT band had completely tensed up and I could hardly even walk. I took two weeks off...which eventually turned into five months. 



I had all but given up on the idea of running a marathon until four days ago. Adam had sent me a tweet about a Team in Training event and I decided to research it a little further. I started to realize that this might be the best opportunity to complete my marathon goal all well helping a good cause. All the reviews online and through the website showed what a supportive team they were and it seemed like something I wanted to be a part of, not to mention it would be a great opportunity to meet new friends in the area. I weighed the pros and the cons and yesterday finally made the decision. I was going to run the Georgia Publix Marathon. At that point I signed up and then it all began to sink in. Not only was I going to be running 26.2 miles on March 18, 2012 I also would need to raise $1,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to secure my space in the race. Both tasks seem daunting, but after receiving an email from the TNT cordinator I realized it was all possible and I wanted to do it for the woman below. We are roughly the same age and to read about what she's been through is something that I wouldn't want anyone else to have to face. 



My marathon training begins on November 12, 2011 and I hope that you will continue to follow my progress and donate to such a wonderful cause!! The donation website can be found at: 







 

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